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Pharmako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft (Pharmako Pharmako)

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This is the first volume of North Atlantic Books hardcover edition of Dale Pendell's Pharmako trilogy, an encyclopedic study of the history and uses of psychoactive plants and related synthetics first published between 1995 and 2005. The books form an interrelated suite of works that provide the reader with a unique, reliable, and often personal immersion in this medically, culturally, and spiritually fascinating subject. All three books are beautifully designed and illustrated, and are written with unparalleled authority, erudition, playfulness, and range.

Pharmako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft focuses on familiar psychoactive plant-derived substances and related synthetics, ranging from the licit (tobacco, alcohol) to the illicit (cannabis, opium) and the exotic (absinthe, salvia divinorum, nitrous oxide). Each substance is explored in detail, not only with information on its history, pharmacology, preparation, and cultural and esoteric correspondences, but also the subtleties of each plant's effect on consciousness in a way that only poets can do. The whole concoction is sprinkled with abundant quotations from famous writers, creating a literary brew as intoxicating as its subject.

The Pharmako series is continued in Pharmako/Dynamis (focusing on stimulants and empathogens) and Pharmako/Gnosis (which addresses psychedelics and shamanic plants).

About the Author

Plant student Dale Pendell established himself as one of the foremost popular exponents of shamanic ethnobotany with his unprecedented Pharmako trilogy. A noted poet, he was the founding editor of the avant-garde magazine Kuksu and a co-founder of the Primitive Arts Institute and has led workshops on ethnobotany and ethnopoetics for the Naropa Institute and the Omega Institute. Pendell was part of the Oracular Madness theme camp at Burning Man for a number of years (his book Inspired Madness: The Gifts of Burning Man was published by Frog Books in 2006). Also an experienced computer scientist, he lives in California's Sierra foothills.

Foreword author Gary Snyder is well known as a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Beat-era associate of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg and as a pioneering environmental thinker and activist.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556438875
Author:
Pendell, Dale
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Foreword by:
Snyder, Gary
Foreword:
Snyder, Gary
Author:
Snyder, Gary
Subject:
Herbal Medications
Subject:
Plants - General
Subject:
Pharmacology
Subject:
Medicinal plants
Subject:
Materia medica, vegetable
Subject:
Plants
Subject:
General Body, Mind and Spirit
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Herbal Medicine
Copyright:
Edition Description:
New
Series:
Pharmako Dynamis
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
103 BandW ILLUS. AND DIAGRAMS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.45 x 7.3 x 1.2 in 1.55 lb

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